Early 20th century shepherds from the Landes/Gascony region of southeastern France used to tend their flocks from stilts so they could see the sheep better and, allegedly, to move faster over flat pastures.
Question: If this was really done, and was a good idea, how come it is not still being done, and how come it has not been generalized to sheep country all over the world? How does one get up and down from stilts, and what happens when you break your leg when you are out alone? What prevents the feet of your stilts from sticking in the ground? Why are the shepherds knitting?